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Sold for $6.27 million. The legendary Last Dollar Ranch.
The legendary Last Dollar Ranch
You’ve seen Last Dollar Ranch for years in commercials, ads and TV shows. Now you can own this remarkable landmark!
• Home and century-old log buildings painstakingly restored to preserve their authentic historical value
• Featured on PBS and HGTV, as well as in numerous advertisements and commercials for Marlboro, Budweiser, Coors and other companies
• 396± rolling acres, with fenced pastures against a backdrop of giant Aspens and the incredible Mount Sneffels
• Working cattle ranch, supporting 50 cow-calf pairs
• Supports a wide range of wildlife, including black bears, coyotes, elk, deer and waterfowl. Indeed, it’s rare to drive up the long driveway without seeing a large deer or elk foraging in the fields.
An entire village of western Americana
Last Dollar Ranch features nine perfectly restored buildings including:
• The Victorian House, built from wood harvested on the spot and transformed into an entirely modern home by ranch manager Duane Beamer. It and the rest of the ranch are powered by a generator, and a wood stove provides extra warmth.
• The Guest Cabin, originally built in 1923 – A rustic and yet inviting log cabin warmed by an ornate traditional potbelly stove, with a surprisingly spacious loft.
• Last Dollar Barn, where the ranch’s huge draft horses live comfortably in oversized stalls, easily fed by hay from the loft above. The heavy, rough-hewn ponderosa wall logs and rafters create a look and feel that exists almost nowhere else in the world. Every detail has been recreated with care, from the mortise-and-tenon construction of the posts and beams to the historically accurate hand-forged hardware on the doors and stalls.
• The Bunk House, moved to the circular community of buildings from a higher elevation, still makes a comfortable retreat for workers or guests, complete with hand-made bunks.
• Support buildings. Each of these restored log buildings would be a centerpiece of any other setting on its on merits. They include a large shop, a granary, a calf barn, a hog shed, and milking barn.
A masterpiece framed by the Sneffels Range and Aspen forests
The spectacular snow-covered Sneffels Range, just beyond the aspen “black forest” line, seems so close you sometimes think you could touch it. Together, the mountains and forest create a frame worthy of the masterpiece known as Last Dollar Ranch. The common sight of the rainbows that follow an afternoon rain is itself worthy of a day’s travel.
Budweiser’s famous Clydesdales have been regular visitors to Last Dollar Ranch, using the incredible scenery and buildings as the setting for some of their most famous commercials, such as the “Snowball Fight,” created for Super Bowl XL. And with its choice of any location in the world, Marlboro has chosen Last Dollar Ranch for more ads than any other spot.
Restored with an eye to authenticity
Everywhere you look at Last Dollar Ranch, you’ll find a combination of rare western antiques and complementary modern craftsmanship. Take time to notice the incredible construction details, including the intricate joinery and stonework, the hand-forged hinges and latches, and the working hand water pumps.
In the Old West, ranchers looked to their local blacksmith for custom latches, hinges and other hardware. In that tradition, the gorgeous, heavy hardware was created on the blacksmith’s anvil, using an arrowhead motif incorporated throughout the ranch.
Conservation easement reduces taxes, ensures perpetual preservation
In 1994, owner Vince Kontny placed the Last Dollar Ranch under a permanent conservation easement. This assures that the land and buildings will be protected from further development, while resulting in dramatically lower estate taxes for the owner who wishes to leave the property to the next generation.
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